Jacob got his two-month vaccinations today. (Before I go further, let me say that I understand how controversial childhood vaccines are among some folks. Mike & I have made our decision about what we will and won’t be doing, and we’re happy with it. If you’ve chosen not to vaccinate your kids I respect your decision: I think there’s good thinking behind each view, and you do what you believe is best for your kids. I’m cool with that.)
Our big boy was as cute as could be at the doctor’s office. He’s 23.75 inches now and 12 lb 2 oz. He’s 150% of his birth weight and 2.75 inches taller. Amazing. Once it was time for shots, however, he was not so happy. It was sad to watch our little man cry like that. After it was done and I fed him I was talking to him and Mike said “You’d better not be too sorry for him or he’ll grow up scared of shots.”
So I’ve got a plan for how we’re going to handle shots day in the Powell house. First off, I will never say anything to make them think shots are a big deal–in a bad way. Instead, when it’s shot day we’re going to take the afternoon off to watch movies and maybe even do something crazy like having ice cream for dinner.
Why? Well, partly because I want our kids not to be scared of needles. But there’s something more important here. I was talking with another mom the other day about what to do with our kids to help them avoid sin. Discipline is not pleasant, so rather than having to inflict consequences for sin, it is good to love our little kids, when possible, by helping them to avoid temptation. Basically the idea is: when they are weak, lead them away from temptation. If they feel yukky, they’ll whine. So make them as comfortable as possible and instead of whining, they’ll make some happy childhood memories.
This is the kind of mom I want to be. I don’t want to be a softy and I won’t make excuses for my kids’ sin. But whenever possible I want to give my little ones the chance for joy and pleasure and lead them away from opportunities for temptation. There will be plenty of those without looking for them.
Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea. —Mark 9:42